Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Performing Arts


Program Highlights

Immerse yourself in the business side of the arts and entertainment industry and get ready for a fast-paced career in a growing and dynamic sector.

Your first year will focus on a broad range of topics including a survey of the arts and entertainment industry, computer applications, production and design, and record label and festival management.

In the second year you'll advance to even more complex coursework and gain real-world experience in an external practicum with a professional organization.

Are you a recent high school grad looking for your niche in the arts and entertainment world? Consider the Arts & Entertainment Management Diploma as your stepping stone into this fascinating field.

  • Explain key concepts regarding planning, funding, producing, budgeting and promoting and arts and entertainment event.
  • Generate the administrative aspects of planning and producing an event.
  • Apply arts and entertainment management knowledge, skills, theories and processes learned in the classroom to hands-on, relevant work experience, including volunteer activities and practicums.
  • Operate as part of a team to produce a performing arts event.
  • Demonstrate skills in written communication through clear and concise writing.
  • Employ principles of effective oral communication including effectively managing meetings and groups.
  • Prepare, write and monitor an arts and entertainment budget.
  • Outline the operation of an arts/entertainment event to determine the strengths and weaknesses.
  • Distinguish all aspects of the creation, production and dissemination of an artistic project.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallBoth

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$4,630 $1,242 $5,871
Year 2$5,592 $1,667 $7,259
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$10,221 $2,909 $13,130

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

First Term

Total credits: 15.00


Second Term

Total credits: 12.00

AEM 141Arts and Entertainment Management II3.00 credits
AEM 143Arts and Entertainment Applications II3.00 credits
AEM 146Festival Management1.50 credits
AEM 147Record Label Management1.50 credits
AEM 148Venue Management3.00 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 9.00


Fourth Term

Total credits: 12.00


Fifth Term

Total credits: 12.00


Total program credits: 60.00

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Jun 4, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 8, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 1, 2019 - Apr 7, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 6, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 24, 2020 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).

Here's what you need to complete your video interview

Your online application file should consist of:

  1. A letter of intent: sent “To Whom it May Concern”, outlining why you want to study Arts and Entertainment Management at Capilano University and describe your background and career goals.
  2. A resume: showing all work, including volunteer work in the industry
  3. An interview video (3 – 4 minutes in length) that shows why you should be in the Arts and Entertainment Management Program at Capilano University.

  Please address these areas in your video:

  • How have you been involved in arts/entertainment? What brought you to this field?
  • What do you expect to get out of this program?
  • What performance has changed you in some way? How?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • How will the hands-on learning contribute to your career goals?
  • What skills or attributes will you bring to the program that will contribute to others’ learning?

We want to see why you can become a leader in this sector. Creativity is encouraged.

Good luck!

Video Submission Form

Important information about our Program:

Experiential learning is a key component of our program.

  • The first year of the AEM diploma contains a minimum of 90 lab hours per term on top of academic classes. Labs occur in both the day and evening, including weekends, and include an array of activities supporting the BlueShore Centre for the Performing Arts Theatre as well as partner venues. Students prepare the venue for the performances by advancing shows, maintaining concession, and performing other administrative duties. Students also assist in front of house operations for these performances by serving as Front of House managers, concession attendants, merchandise sellers, head ushers, will call attendants, and artist liaisons.
  • The second year of the program contains two required, unpaid industry practicum placements over two terms. Mentored by practicum hosts, students gain hands-on experience in real arts/entertainment organizations for a total of 490 hours each term.

This program is currently not eligible for government student financial aid; however, private loans, scholarships, and bursaries may be available. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact the Financial Aids and Awards Office for assistance.

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